A Finding Aid to the William J. Eisenlord Photographs, 1953-1976, in the Archives of American Art
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Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.eisewill
Creators:
Eisenlord, William J., 1926-1997
Dates:
1953-1976
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.3 Linear Feet
Repository:
The photographs of San Francisco photographer William J. Eisenlord measure 0.3 linear feet and date from 1953-1976. Photographs depict the City Lights Bookstore of San Francisco, California and the exhibition opening of "Poets of the Cities" at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1976. Also included are photographs of jazz and beat poetry performances taken by Ed Nyberg in 1957.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The photographs of San Francisco photographer William J. Eisenlord measure 0.3 linear feet and date from 1953-1976. Photographs depict the City Lights Bookstore of San Francisco, California and the exhibition opening of "Poets of the Cities" at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1976. Also included are photographs of jazz and beat poetry performances taken by Ed Nyberg in 1957.
City Lights Bookstore was a popular meeting ground for many people associated with the Beat literary movement in San Francisco. The collection includes one exterior window photograph of the bookstore taken the year of its founding in 1953, and fifteen interior photographs of the store taken circa 1959. The interior shots include images of bookstore founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti, bookstore manager Shigeyoshi Murao, and various customers browsing the stacks.
The photographs taken at the "Poets of the Cities" exhibition opening on January 30, 1976 at the San Francisco Museum of Art include notable figures Jack Micheline, Claes Oldenburg, James Broughton, Phil Linhares, Mark and Sally Green, Michael Larsen, Elizabeth Pomada, Ken deRoux, Peter and Minette LeBlanc, Jack Hirschman, Rolando Castellon, Knute Stiles, Michael and Joanna McClure, Byron Meyer, Peter Selz, Leo Castelli, George Herms, and Shirley and Wallace Berman.
Also included are ten photographs taken in 1957 by Ed Nyberg at The Jazz Cellar, a popular San Francisco beat nightclub. Notable figures include Kenneth Rexroth, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Grover Sales Jr., Sonny Wayne, and Bill Weisjahn.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 2 series:
  • Series 1: William J. Eisenlord Photographs, 1953-1976 (Box 1; 15 folders)
  • Series 2: Ed Nyberg Photographs, 1957 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
William J. Eisenlord (1926-1997) worked as a photographer in San Francisco, California. He was an acquaintance of photographer, poet, and journalist Mark Green. Together with business partner Thayne Riggs, Eisenlord opened the Omnibus Gallery in Sacramento, California in 1980.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies note
The collection was digitized in
2011
and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.
Processing Information note
The collection was microfilmed upon receipt on reel 3957. It was fully processed and described by Margaret J. Hughes in 2010 and digitized in 2011 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Author
Margaret J. Hughes
Sponsor
Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The William J. Eisenlord photographs were donated to the Archives of American Art in two installments, in 1976 and 1977, by William J. Eisenlord.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
William J. Eisenlord photographs, 1953-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access note
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
The William J. Eisenlord photographs are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
San Francisco Calif. -- photographs Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Poets -- Exhibitions -- Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Beat generation -- California -- San Francisco Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographers -- California -- San Francisco Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nyberg, Ed Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Green, Mark L., 1932-2004 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Micheline, Jack, 1929-1998 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McClure, Michael Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Linhares, Philip E. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
DeRoux, Kenneth Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
City Lights Bookstore (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Photographs Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
LeBlanc, Peter, 1930- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Castellón, Rolando Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Larsen, Michael, 1941- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Castelli, Leo Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hirschman, Jack, 1933- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Broughton, James Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Herms, George, 1935- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Berman, Shirley Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stiles, Knute, 1923- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Selz, Peter Howard, 1919- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
San Francisco Museum of Art Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rexroth, Kenneth, 1905-1982 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pomada, Elizabeth Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Berman, Wallace, 1926-1976 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929- -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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